Cafe Paradison in Swampscott
We live in Swampscott and eat out most Friday night with our two kids. For a while we frequented Cafe Paradiso for velvety homemade pastas and great sides (sauteed broccoli rabe w/lots of garlic). The veal dishes are great as well. We learned quickly that the bar area is a more comfortable place to eat; the dining room is quite formal--felt like bugs under a microscope. In fact, service can be brusque. The place used to be a watering hole for townies, and conversation the buzz in the place still has a "townie" feel to it. We only go occasionally now as it is quite pricey for a casual family dinner on a weekly basis.
Definitely check it out. I look forward to hearing your opinion.